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William Yabsley . British Army Royal Engineers
My Grandad, Bill Yabsley, was a POW at Stalag XXA from 1941-1942. He was captured at Dunkirk and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. He has lots of stories to tell, particularly one where he helped to save the lives of two Jewish girls; Magda and Suzanne Hersgovitch. Grandad is now 93 and frequently talks about his experiences as a POW. We would love to hear from anyone who can remember him, particularly Bill Ackland.Cia May
John Yaccarine . United States Army 4th Inf. Signals Co.
I was with the 4th Inf Signal Co. We were in Quansett huts on the edge of town before Tiverton was overrun with GIs. Got to know the family of a woodcutter, who would come back towing a tree trunk. The family treated me great but I lost track of them and now can no longer remember their name. They had an attractive red-haired daughter. I was in awe of the spirit of the English people with all they had to go through. The frequent bombings in Exeter and the `business as usual' effort of the people impressed me. I don't remember Tiverton being as large as it apparently now is. I sent my mom a bottle of Devonshire Violet perfume and she had me send her more. She continued to use until she died. I have pleasant memories of fish and chips wrapped in newspapers, bean sandwiches and some wonderful people.John Yaccarine
Henry Yalden . British Army Royal Artillery from Wimbledon)
My father Harry Yalden was sent to France to fight the Germans who were moving in from Belguim in 1940. He was part of the Artillery Regiment. They fought on the beaches of Dunkirk until they ran out of ammo. They were captured and sent on a death march to Poland were he was a prisoner of war for 5 years at Stalag xxb his number was 14 on the records. He later escaped with others and was found by Americans hiding out in a barn. If anybody has any information a family mentioning him, records of him I would very much appreciate it. He died in 1986 and would never talk about his ordeal when he was alive. My Dad was a little guy 5ft 4in reddish blond hair blues eyes and stocky and a jokester who loved to draw.Sandy Earlywine
Pte. William Henry Yale . British Army 9th battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from Sheffield, Yorkshire)
(d.7th September 1944)C Chapman
Ronald James Yanko . Royal Canadian Air Force 428 Squadron from Regina, SK, Canada)
Audrey Patricia Elsie Yard . Womens Land Army from Rose Cottage, Warmwell, Dorchester, Dorset)
I am trying to find out any details of my late mother, Audrey Patricia Elsie Hodder (nee Yard) from Warmwell near Dorchester. I understand that she was stationed at a Farm in Blandford Forum or the surrounding area, not too far from her home. She married my father - Charles Hodder and had eight children and in the late 1950's they moved to Manchester to be near one of her Aunties. If you have any information, this would be gratefully received. Unfortunately my mother died in April 2008 after a long period in hospital and a nursing home. Towards the end of her life, she suffered from dementia and, as a lot of stories on this website, her memory was lively and colourful - but very unreliableAntony Hodder
Pvt. George Yaros . US Army 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne from Gary, IN, USA)
George Yaros was held as a POW at Stalag IIA from 12/20/1944G. David Yaros
Pvt. George Yaros . United States Army 506th Parachute Infantry 101st Airborne from Gary, Lake Co., IN)
George Yaros served with the 506th Parachute Infantry, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on 20th of December 1944 and held in Stalag 2A. He was Repatriated on the 25th of July 1945.G David Yaros
Cpl. Norman "Silver" Yarrow . Royal Air Force 78 Squadron from Darlington)
My father, Norman Yarrow, was employed in the Locomotive works in Darlington. Shortly after the outbreak of war he volunteered to join the R.A.F. His basic training took place in Blackpool and then he was trained as a Flight mechanic.
He was posted to 76 Squadron at R.A.F. Middleton St. George which was a newly constructed airfield. 76 Squadron were the first to operate from this station. Shortly after opening, 76 Squadron was joined by 78 Squadron at Middleton. (Also known locally as Goosepool) As he was fortunate enough to live in Darlington, only five miles from the airfield he was granted an S.O.P. (sleeping out pass) On some occasions, in school holidays, I would ride along with him on the morning trip to “work.” I was nine years old at that time. I took sandwiches and spent a large part of the day sitting on the fence beside the railway lines which formed the airfield boundary. I was about 25 yards from a dispersal point and watched all the activity. On my many vigils I watched the “Erks” doing routine maintenance, armourers bombing up and fitting ammunition belts, I knew that this indicated that the squadron would be operating that night. Later on when I was at home in bed I could hear the aircraft taking off and circling before setting course for the target of that nights raid.
I remember that there always seemed to be plenty of activity during the day. I particularly liked to watch the aircraft after an air test when they approached the main runway, they flew directly over my head and seemed very low. I recall one occasion when an Oxford from some other airfield collided in mid air with one of the 76 Squadron aircraft doing “circuits and bumps.” Some of the wreckage fell at the far side of the airfield closer to the River Tees. There were no survivors!
I did return to Middleton St. George some years later when, as a Cadet I was taught to fly in a Kirby Cadet. It is now a civilian airport and I have used it to fly to a holiday destination. I still remember the Halifaxes though!Clifford Yarrow
Spr. Joseph Yates . British Army 1018 Docks Operating Company Royal Engineers from Jarrow)
(d.17th Jun 1943)
Joseph Yates died aged 22, he was the son of Richard and Rachel A. Yates of Jarrow. He is remembered on the Brookwood Memorialand is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance of Jarrow Town Hall.Vin Mullen
Michael Yates .
Stan Yates . Royal Air Force Sqdn 2816 RAF Catterick
I served in Sqdn 2816 at Catterick Camp in 1940. Does anyone remember an explosion there at the railway station round that time?Stan Yates
Sgt William Steven Yates . 428 Sqd.
Earl Yearout . US Army 88th Infantry Regiment
I served in the 88th in Italy.Earl Yearout
Winston Yeatman . New Zealand Army 19th Army Troop Engineers from Christchurch, New Zealand)
My father, Winston Yeatman from Christchurch, New Zealand was an Engineer (or 'sapper') in the 19th New Zealand Army Troop Engineers. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag V111B after being captured on Crete in 1941, arriving back in UK May 1945. His POW number was 7490. From his war record he seems to have been in a few camps - Salonika, where he was first registered as a POW at the Front. Stalag 18c; V111b; 344; Stalagluft 6; He was an Engineer in the NZ Army.
He changed identities with Richard Pape (and others) and his exploits are in the book written by Richard Pape 'Boldness Be My Friend' and it's sequel. Dad passed away in 1986, he was always actively involved in the RSA, Ex-POW & Tin Hat Club in Christchurch, New Zealand.Cynthia Fraser
Capt. W. W. Yellowlees MC.. Army 5th Btn. The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Anne Yenuzaites . Land ArmyCatherine Spratt
Claude Yeo . British Army 7 Field Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Claude Yeo is my father. He served in WW2. He was one of the soldiers in the Battle of Falsise Gap and in Dieppe, Normandy. He told us lots of stories when he was overseas, some funny and some sad. He was posted in England in 1940. He enlisted in the Seventh Field Company of Engineers, REME. If you have any information on him and his troops or if any one can help me obtain copies of his medals, I really would be thankful.Debbie Ratelle
F/Sgt Lloyd J Yeo . RCAF 408 Sqd.
Sgt Howard Garfield Yeo. . RAAF 12Sqd. (d.25th Jun 1943)
Pilot Howard Yeo was killed on 25th June 1943 flying Lancaster ED968 PH-P Bar of 12sqd
Howard O. Yoder . United States Army (d.13th June 1944)
My dad was drafted on 3rd January 1944 and did his basic training at Ft Warren, Cheyenne, Wyoming. From there he shipped to England, arriving on 30th May 1944. He was killed on 13th June 1944 when I was only 6 or 7 years old.Shirley Yoder
William Yoder . United States Army 8th Inf. Div. 28th Rgt, Coy C
My father, William Yoder, served with 8th Infantry Div., 28th Rgt, 2nd Btn, Coy C, US Army. He was captured at the beginning of November 1944 and sent to Stalag 4B until April 1945. He was 30 years old. He was a coal miner before entering the army.Bill Yoder
Lt. Brabazon Duke Yonge . Royal Australian Navy HMAS Canberra from Australia)
(d.9th Aug 1942 )
Lieutenant Brabazon Duke Yonge served on HMAS Canberra with the Royal Australian Navy, he died 9 August 1942 whilst the ship was off Savo Island, Solomon Islands. He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.S. Flynn
Lt. A. S. York . Royal Navy HMS VolcanoPhilip York
Harold "Harry" Yorke . Royal Air Force 603 Sqd.
We are hoping to publish our father, Harry Yorke's wartime diary about his experiences in Stalag Luft 7 Bankau and then Stalag Luft 3a Luckenwalde. We have made contact with one of his pals' family but if anyone has information about the following POW's who were with Dad in these camps and on the Long March please email us.
- Laurie Benson,
- Johnnie Perkins,
- Bill Swinson (Kiwi)
- "Red" TarltonMary
John Watson Yost . Royal Air Force
Pte. Laurence Youd . British Army 5th Btn. East Yorkshire from 107 Cundiff Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester)
My dad Laurence Youd was in the 5th East Yorks and landed on Gold Beach during the D-Day invasion. He was wounded a couple of days later and was in a hospital in Bayeux.
He had a mate called Tommy Holden (Tich) who lived at 60 Lindel Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire. He had two letters from Tommy dated 25th July and 26th September 1944. I'm trying to find out more about where and when he was wounded, 8th or 9th of June possibly. It would be good to hear from Tommy or anyone who knew him. Sadly Dad passed away in March 2015.Peter Youd
Sgt. Young . Royal Air Force 150 Sqdn.
Sgt Young served with RAF 150 Squadron from October to December 1941, flying Wellingtons (R1414, L7870, X9816, R1216). The full crew were:
Sgt Kay Sgt Quinn Sgt Young Sgt Brown F/Lt Roy P/O Robert Chandler Sgt Hutchinson.
Sqd.Ldr. Alfred Markham Young . Royal Air Force 106 Squadron from Epping, NSW, Australia)
(d.26 Jun 1943)
Alfred Markham Young was born on 9th of June 1917 in Marrickville, New South Wales, the third child of Alfred Gordon Young and his wife, Vera Blanche Markham. His father was a successful barrister in Sydney, Australia.
Alfred Markham travelled to England in 1939 and joined the Royal Air Force where he trained as a pilot, one of twenty thousand Australian airmen who served with Bomber Command during the 1939-45 War. Alfred was a Squadron Leader in 106 Squadron Bomber Command, Service No. 36135, and was stationed at RAF Syerston near Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Alfred was killed during the Battle of the Ruhr on 26 Jun 1943. Flying a Lancaster Mark III, Serial No. ED125, Code ZN - Alfred's final mission departed at 22.40pm on 24 June 1943 when 473 RAF bombers attacked the Nordstern synthetic-oil plant at Gelsenkirchen. The raid was unsuccessful due to cloud and "unserviceable" equipment on 5 of the 12 Oboe-equipped Mosquitoes. Alfred's plane failed to return and it is not known where it crashed. He was 26 years of age and is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, in Surrey, England.Patricia McGufficke
Writer Arthur William Young . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)
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